Housing (health and wellbeing needs in South Tyneside)

Projected Need and Demand

Affordable housing

  • From analysis of the residential survey, secondary source data, housing market evidence and information from professionals in the field there has been an assessment to the future requirement for housing.
  • The assessment identified a need for an additional 60 affordable units per year, to meet the housing needs of current residents unable to meet their housing need through the open market; these could include social and affordable rent or intermediate tenure. This would represent just less than 20% of all identified future housing development.
  • The need for additional affordable housing is for one and two bedroom homes, throughout most areas of the borough but particularly Hebburn and Jarrow. Data suggests that those in need of affordable accommodation are mainly going to require social rented accommodation (57.3%), with almost one-third being able to access intermediate tenures.
  • Additional affordable accommodation should be developed for different household types, dependant on the location the development takes place. Within Hebburn there is the need for additional older persons affordable housing, compared to Jarrow and Boldon were there is a need for affordable single persons housing and family homes within West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon.

Open market housing

  • There is also the need for additional open market accommodation within South Tyneside, to meet the increasing population and number of households. The residential survey points to the requirement for an additional 254 open market homes per year. This level of development is based on current residential levels and previous trends in household formation and inward migration; if the council made the decision to go for growth and actively increase the borough's population then this level of development may increase.
  • From the current analysis it is suggested that open market accommodation be mainly medium sized homes, with the need for some two-bed housing for older persons and newly forming households.
  • Specific demand can be seen within Hebburn and Inner South Shields, although the demand in these areas varies considerably. Demand within South Shields is likely to be for smaller two bedroom homes whereas Hebburn has demand for more medium and large family accommodation.

Institutional bedspaces

  • There is no identified need for additional institutional bedspaces for students within the borough, with the majority of students opting for privately renting housing. The only requirement for institutional bedspaces is for the growing aging population. Data points to the need for extra care, residential care and nursing care provision within the borough; many of these extra care units should be provided for rent.

Aging Population

  • The increasing aging population , and in particular the over 85 years cohort who have specific health needs, will have a significant impact on the level and type of accommodation that is required in the borough over the next 20 years. This will be addressed to a certain extend through the council's Local Plan which is due for publication in 2018.

The Housing LIN have undertaken some analysis on the level and type of older persons accommodation that may be required in South Tyneside to meet changing gp population. 2030 projections suggest:

No. Of units within South Tyneside by 2030:

Table 4

Housing Type


Current Supply


Sheltered Housing



Oversupply 255 (15%)




Oversupply 316 (21%)




Undersupply 60 (-23%)

Enhanced Sheltered



Undersupply 280 (-100%)




Undersupply 157 (-100%)




Undersupply 123 (-100%)

Extra Care



Undersupply 214 (-61%)




Undersupply of 214 (-61%)

Registered Care



Undersupply 161 (-10%)

Residential Care



Undersupply 112 (-12%)

Nursing Care



Undersupply 49 (-8%)